Fan Yang

Research and Work Experience:
  • Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS), Energy and Materials Science, Postdoc (Jul 2019-Dec 2019) Varennes, Canada
  • Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS), Energy and Materials Science, Ph.D. (Jan 2014-Jul 2019) Varennes, Canada
  • China University of Geosciences, Rock and Mineral Materials, M.S. (Sep 2010-Jul 2013) Wuhan, China
  • China University of Geosciences, Materials Science and Engineering, B.S. (Sep 2006-Jul 2010) Wuhan, China

Research Interests:
  • Optical nanomaterials, Bioimaging, Theranostics, Neurotechnology

About me:
When I started preparing the undergraduate thesis, I got my first real experience of lab research under the guidance of Prof. Yujun Liang at China University of Geosciences. I was paired to work with one senior graduate student, and my task was to observe his work and to prepare a red borate-based phosphor for white light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Although my work was simple, I still remember that the shining LED made by myself put my ideas for my research career in the future. At that timepoint, I was considering pursing a Master degree to continue my work in Prof. Yujun Liang’s lab. He was quite excited to take me as a Master student. Over three years study, I acquired inorganic materials synthesis knowledge and developed many characteristic skills for materials science as well as chemistry.

Upon completion of my Master degree, I received the international doctoral scholarship, programme de bourses d’excellence pour étudiants étrangers (PBEEE), which is a prestigious award from the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQNT) in Canada and became a PhD candidate under the supervision of Prof. Dongling Ma and Prof. Fiorenzo Vetrone at Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS), and Prof. Xinyu Liu at the University of Toronto to develop multifunctional superparamagnetic and photoluminescent nanoparticles for bioapplications. I will always thank my three supervisors for their persistence and guidance. If it was not for them, I would not be where I am today. Now at Stanford, I would like to investigate the interface of brain at neuron level with advanced materials science and technology under the mentorship of Prof. Guosong Hong. I have been pretty lucky to find amazing mentor, like Guosong, and I will continue my efforts to work as hard as him.

Outside of lab, I enjoy working out in the gym. The strength training gets my muscles sore and stiff resulting from the build-up of lactic acid and muscle fibers damage. I love that exhausting feeling during training and then the muscles rebuild themselves stronger over the time. In addition to hitting the gym, I am good at skiing that can exercise cardiovascular system and burn some serious calories. I believe the sport is really a good way to stay healthy, help us relieve stress and create the feeling of happiness. As we know that exercises promote increased production of DOPAMINE.


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